4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Intuitive Surgical

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, surgical-robot specialist Intuitive Surgical (NAS: ISRG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Intuitive's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Intuitive facts

Headquarters (founded)Sunnyvale, Calif. (1995)
Market Cap$21.8 billion
IndustryHealthcare equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$1.9 billion
ManagementCEO Gary Guthart (since 2010)
CFO Marshall Mohr (since 2006)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)20.1%
Cash / Debt$971.3 million / $0
CompetitorsAccuray
Curexo Technology
Medtronic

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 4,311 members who have rated Intuitive believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, mario17, highlighted several of Intuitive's positives:

Although growth is slowing down, there is still growth potential, not only from its actual procedures but from possible new ones. This potential growth combine with an excellent management, a dominant position, no debt, huge cash flow, and so on, makes this company have excellent reasons to believe it can outperform the S&P 500.

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The article 4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Intuitive Surgical originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Intuitive and Medtronic. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Intuitive. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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